Exploring David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises
2007's Eastern Promises stands out in the career of Canadian director David Cronenberg. With this tale of Russian gangsters starring Viggo Mortensen, Cronenberg really proved his skill as a director of commercial action films. The film would go on to be a critical success and scored Mortensen a number of big nominations (and a lot of press) in his post-Lord of the Rings era.
Film expert Geoff Pevere discusses the themes and strengths of Eastern Promises in our On Film video: